Dr Robert MacCann

BSc(Sydney), MEd(Sydney), PhD(Sydney)

Honorary Research Fellow


Phone: 9036 5173

Fax: +61 2 9351 2606

Building.Room: A35: Room 451.

Research interests

Learning sciences; psychology of education

  • Assessment and evaluation
  • Learning technologies and new media

Selected publications

Book chapters

  • MacCann, R.G. (2009). Standard setting with dichotomous and constructed response items: some Rasch model approaches. In E.V. Smith and G.E. Stone (Eds.), Criterion Referenced Testing: Practice Analysis to Score Reporting using Rasch Measurement Models (pp. 251–275), Minneapolis: JAM Press.
  • MacCann, R.G. (2008). The application of computer-based testing to large scale assessment programs. In T.B. Scott and J.I. Livingston (Eds.), Leading-Edge Educational Technology (pp. 1–47), New York: Nova Science Publishing.

Journal articles


  • MacCann, R.G. and Cook, J.C. (2010). Issues arising from the submissions to the inquiry into the administration and reporting of NAPLAN testing, Sydney: Australian Curriculum, Assessment and Reporting Authority.
  • Stanley, G., MacCann, R.G., Gardner, J., Reynolds, L. and Wild, I. (2009). Review of Teacher Assessment: Evidence of what Works Best and Issues for Development, Oxford University Centre for Educational Assessment.
  • Cook, J.S. and MacCann, R.G. (2008). An Audit of the National Assessment Program, Literacy and Numeracy (NAPLAN) Item and Test Development Processes , ACT: Curriculum Corporation.
  • MacCann, R.G. (2007). The theory and practice of implementing a computerised adaptive test , Sydney: NSW Board of Studies.
  • MacCann, R.G. and Eastment, B. (2006). A threshold method for standard setting, Sydney: NSW Board of Studies.
  • MacCann, R.G. (2004). A model for equating and reporting scores on the Computing Skills Assessment, Sydney: NSW Board of Studies.
  • MacCann, R.G. (1999). A review of options for constructing a standards-referenced scale for the Higher School Certificate, Sydney: NSW Board of Studies.
  • MacCann, R.G. (1996). The Moderation of Higher School Certificate Assessments using a Quadratic Polynomial Transformation: a Technical Paper, Sydney: NSW Board of Studies.
  • MacCann, R.G. (1995). A Longitudinal Study of Sex Differences at the Higher School Certificate and School Certificate: Trends over the Last Decade , Sydney: NSW Board of Studies.